We Could Have Invited Everyone

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We Could Have Invited Everyone was a micronational exhibition occurring in 2004 and 2005. Both exhibitions coincided with a micronational summit[1][2]. The exhibitions featured over twenty artists' micronations, model nations and 'concept nation states'[3], featuring non-art pieces such as stamps, currency, passports and secessionist trivia. Alongside this was artwork by artists such as Yoko Ono and Nina Katchadourian[4].

Two years after the final exhibition, the curators held an expanded event in 2007 called Grow Your Nation[5][6].

Exhibition

2004 Exhibition

The original exhibition was featured at the Reg Vardy Gallery at the University of Sunderland, beginning on 9 November and concluding on 17 December[7][8].

Summit

2004 Summit

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A micronational summit was held at the Reg Vardey Gallery on 25 November to accompany the 2004 Exhibition. The international summit was noted to be the first of its kind. Danny Wallace moderated the summit[9][10].

The summit was later featured in How to Start Your Own Country, a BBC television series presented by Wallace documenting the founding of the Kingdom of Lovely[11].

Delegations Present

2005 Summit

The Summit was described with the tagline A General Assembly with Representatives of Real and Possible Countries. The conference itself took place at The Theresa Lang Community and Student Center. The event concluded with a party, film screening and citizenship drive at The Vera List Courtyard. Both of these locations were on the campus of The New School[12][13].

Delegations Present

References

  1. We Could Have Invited Everyone - Press Release. Kunste Aspekte.
  2. Smith, Roberta (15 July 2005) Art in Review; We Could Have Invited Everyone. The New York Times.
  3. Raven, Francis (September 2005) We Could Have Invited Everyone. The Brooklyn Rail.
  4. Barliant, Claire “We Could Have Invited Everyone”. Artforum.
  5. Regine (7 March 2007) Grow Your Own. We Make Money Not Art.
  6. (4 February 2007) Micronational Exhibition. Khamsin Molossia News.
  7. (29 October 2004) Hidden nations revealed. The Northern Echo.
  8. We Could Have Invited Everyone. Moneyart.
  9. We Could Have Invited Everyone. University of Sunderland. Archived on the 6th of September 2009.
  10. Nations come together in Sunderland. University of Sunderland. Archived on 21 December 2008.
  11. Sellars, John Ryan, George Dunford, Simon (2006). Micronations : [the Lonely Planet guide to home-made nations]. London: Lonely Planet Publications. pp. 28. ISBN 978-1-74104-730-1. 
  12. The Summit. E-flux.
  13. The "Summit," followed by party for fictional states issue. Cabinet Magazine.